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  1. Matt Kemp still isn’t comfortable, may not return on Monday

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

    Matt Kemp AP

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp made his second rehab start with Rancho Cucamonga yesterday, but still doesn’t feel comfortable yet, reports Bill Shaikin. Kemp has been sidelined since July 22 with a sprained ankle. The hope was that Kemp would make a few rehab starts and be ready to return to the Dodgers after this weekend,…

  2. Matt Kemp goes 0-for-5 in first rehab game

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

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    Matt Kemp began a minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A last night, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and two double plays to begin his comeback from shoulder and ankle injuries that have basically sidelined him since early July. Not exactly the results he was looking for in his return to game action, but Kemp downplayed any…

  3. Matt Kemp could begin rehab assignment this week

    Aug 25, 2013, 10:40 PM EST

    Kemp lunges while being forced out at home by Suzuki during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp says his ankle is pain-free, meaning he could begin a rehab assignment this week, tweets Dylan Hernandez. It is the next step towards rejoining the Dodger lineup. Kemp injured his ankle sliding into home plate in the ninth inning against the Nationals on July 21. It was his first game after being activated…

  4. Dodgers hope to discuss extension with Hanley Ramirez this offseason

    Aug 24, 2013, 1:01 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    While Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers’ pitching staff deserve a lot of credit for the team’s incredible turnaround, Hanley Ramirez has been the team’s best hitter when healthy this season, batting .348 with 13 home runs and a 1.025 OPS through 63 games. And the Dodgers are prepared to reward him. According to Dylan Hernandez…

  5. Matt Kemp won’t rejoin the Dodgers before September

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

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    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is no longer holding out any hope of Matt Kemp returning from the disabled list this month, telling Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that “September would be the best-case scenario.” Kemp has essentially been sidelined since early July, first by a shoulder injury and then by an ankle injury. He played one…

  6. Teen befriended by Matt Kemp passes away

    Aug 8, 2013, 8:28 PM EST

    Matt Kemp AP

    Sad news to pass along courtesy of our friends at Yahoo! Sports. Joshua Jones, the young fan who was be befriended by Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp earlier this year, has passed away following a battle with brain cancer. He was just 19 years old. It was hard not to be touched when Kemp gave Jones…

  7. Matt Kemp lands back on disabled list with ankle sprain

    Jul 24, 2013, 6:42 PM EST

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Dodgers have placed outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list (for the third time this season) because of a sprained left ankle. Kemp suffered the injury Sunday on an awkward slide into home plate. It was his first game since returning from…

  8. Common sense prevails: the BBWAA will not be stripping Ryan Braun’s 2011 MVP award

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:55 AM EST

    Matt Kemp AP

    There was a time in late 2011-early 2012 when several baseball writers were arguing that the Baseball Writers Association of America should re-vote the NL MVP award in light of Ryan Braun‘s positive drug test. That idea was fraught will all manner of problems and was never seriously considered by the BBWAA. But the meme…

  9. Matt Kemp doesn’t want the 2011 NL MVP award

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

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    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp narrowly lost the 2011 NL Most Valuable Player award to Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. That the two were separated by about 60 points in voting illustrates just how close the race was. Now that we’ve learned that Braun did, in fact, use performance-enhancing drugs, that race isn’t nearly as close for…

  10. Quote of the Day: Skip Schumaker brings the noise on Braun and PED users

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres

    To underscore the earlier post about where we are now with PEDs in baseball, check out what Skip Schumaker had to say after the Dodgers game last night: “I can’t stand it. It (PED use) needs to be eliminated from the game. I have an autographed Ryan Braun jersey hanging in my baseball room at…

  11. UPDATE: X-rays negative on Matt Kemp’s ankle

    Jul 22, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

    Kemp lunges while being forced out at home by Suzuki during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    UPDATE: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that X-rays on Kemp’s ankle came back negative. 7:00 PM: Matt Kemp was having a banner day in his return from the disabled list yesterday before he was forced to exit in the ninth inning after he sprained his left ankle on an awkward slide into…

  12. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 22, 2013, 5:12 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Mets 5, Phillies 0: It’s getting close to the time for us to break out all of that “we are all witnesses” kind of hyperbole for Matt Harvey. Not that it’s really hyperbole. He’s simply toying with hitters at this point, throwing ungodly stuff in just about every count. Seven innings, three hits, ten strikeouts,…

  13. Matt Kemp exits in ninth with ankle injury

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:05 PM EST

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    On the same day he returned from the disabled list, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp appeared to twist his ankle sliding into Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki at home plate in the ninth inning today with his team up 9-2. Kemp was at third base when Carl Crawford hit a ground ball to first baseman Chad Tracy.…

  14. Matt Kemp activated from disabled list

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

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    As first reported by beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has officially been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is back in LA’s starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals. It’ll be his first appearance in an MLB game since July 5. Kemp wound up…

  15. Matt Kemp on track to be activated tomorrow

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:10 PM EST

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    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp played in a simulated game against injured starter Ted Lilly today, hitting two home runs. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times says Kemp, recovering from irritation of the AC joint in his left shoulder, is on track to be activated tomorrow. After returning from the disabled list on June 25, Kemp…

  16. Matt Kemp headed back to disabled list due to ailing left shoulder

    Jul 8, 2013, 8:01 PM EST

    Matt Kemp Getty

    Well, we won’t have to worry about that logjam in the Dodgers’ outfield anytime soon. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Matt Kemp is headed to the 15-day disabled list. The 28-year-old outfielder was given a cortisone shot after he aggravated his surgically-repaired left shoulder during Friday’s game, but he still felt…

  17. It’s official: Dodgers acquire Ricky Nolasco from Marlins

    Jul 6, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

    Miami Marlins v Minnesota Twins - Game Two

    Per MLB’s Twitter: the Ricky Nolasco deal is official. The Marlins have traded their right-handed starter to the Dodgers for prospects Steve Ames, Josh Wall, and and Angel Sanchez. None of the three made Baseball America’s top-ten list for the Dodgers organization entering the season. The Dodgers are assuming the rest of Nolasco’s remaining salary,…

  18. Matt Kemp leaves game with pain in surgically-repaired shoulder

    Jul 6, 2013, 9:32 AM EST

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    While Juan Uribe was the story for the Dodgers last night, they got a major scare in the second inning when Matt Kemp felt a sharp pain in his surgically-repaired left shoulder during an at-bat. He stayed in the game initially, drawing a walk and playing the next half-inning in the field, but was lifted…

  19. Carl Crawford is ready to rejoin the Dodgers

    Jul 4, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Carl Crawford AP

    Carl Crawford going on the disabled list with a strained hamstring on June 2 led to the Dodgers calling up Yasiel Puig, but now Crawford is ready to return and Puig is hurt. Crawford went 5-for-13 with one stolen base on a four-game rehab assignment at Single-A and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he’s…

  20. Carl Crawford to begin rehab assignment Sunday

    Jun 29, 2013, 12:01 PM EST

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    Carl Crawford is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, reports Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles. Crawford has been sidelined since June 1 with a strained left hamstring. The 31-year-old is slated to play two games as designated hitter and two in the outfield, so there’s a chance…

  21. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 26, 2013, 6:57 AM EST

    New York Yankees' Suzuki runs and watches the ball after he hit a walk-off home run to beat the Texas Rangers in their MLB American League game in New York

    Yankees 4, Rangers 3: Walkoff homer for Ichiro? Well shut my mouth. Wait, what? Well jeez, Brian, it’s just an expression. You don’t have to agree so emphatically and profanely. Angels 14, Tigers 8: Well that fifth inning got out of a hand in a hurry. Rick Porcello was beaten around for seven runs on…

  22. Matt Kemp activated from disabled list and back in Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night

    Jun 25, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

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    Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp had just two hits and struck out six times during his three-game rehab stint with Triple-A Albuquerque. But that apparently doesn’t bother the Los Angeles decision-makers. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Kemp has been activated from the disabled list and is in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night…

  23. Matt Kemp will start rehab assignment tomorrow

    Jun 21, 2013, 9:25 PM EST

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    Per the Dodger Twitter account, outfielder Matt Kemp will begin his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes tomorrow. Kemp has been sidelined since May 30 with a strained right hamstring. He had struggled through his first two months, posting a .640 OPS in 210 plate appearances before winding up on the shelf, so perhaps…

  24. Dodgers making progress on extension with Clayton Kershaw

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are making progress with starter Clayton Kershaw on a seven-year contract extension worth in excess of $180 million. The 25-year-old left-hander enters his third and final year of arbitration going into 2014 after which he would be eligible for free agency. That the Dodgers would eventually sign Kershaw to…

  25. Andre Ethier is remarkably Zen about his future

    Jun 15, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has faced a lot of hardship this season. He hasn’t hit well, currently sitting on a .236 average with five home runs and a .681 OPS. Manager Don Mattingly was very critical of him in the media. Some upstart Cuban rookie, Yasiel Puig, is making him look small-time. And he is…

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